North Carolina not panicked about Keenan's recent struggles

Sophomore is still winning more than 70 percent of faceoffs

March 08, 2012|By Edward Lee

Much like Maryland junior Curtis Holmes, North Carolina sophomore R.G. Keenan has hit a bit of a dry spell on faceoffs.

After winning just 3-of-12 draws on Saturday night against Lehigh’s Ryan Snyder, Keenan succeeded on 10-of-19 faceoffs on Tuesday night against the Penn duo of freshman Joe McCallion and sophomore Dan Feeney. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Tar Heels dropped those contests.

The Perry Hall native and Boys’ Latin graduate is still winning 70.5 percent (79-of-112) of his draws, which is why North Carolina coach Joe Breschi isn’t panicking.

“R.G.’s going to continue to work,” he said Wednesday. “He hasn’t complained. He’s a tough kid and a great effort guy. So we anticipate him bouncing back and getting better as the season goes on.”

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